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This Date in Caps History - February 27

by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals

On February 27, 1996, the Capitals beat the New York Rangers by a 5-3 score at Madison Square Garden in New York. The game was originally scheduled for January 8 but had to be postponed because of a major snowstorm.

Calle Johansson got the Capitals on the board first when he netted a power play goal at 3:58 of the first period. New York's Mark Messier tied the game at 6:17 but the Capitals regained the lead on another power play goal - this one by Pat Peake - at 10:17 of the first. Olaf Kolzig faced 12 Ranger shots in the period while the Caps managed nine against New York's Glenn Healy.

The Rangers fired 20 shots on Kolzig in the second period and finally tied the game when Sergei Nemchinov scored at 16:55. At 19:38, Nemchinov netted another to give New York a 3-2 lead. The Capitals mustered a dozen shots in the middle period but failed to beat Healy.

At 2:56 of the third, Michal Pivonka got the equalizer for Washington. Just over two minutes later, the Caps took the lead again on a goal by Joe Juneau. Juneau added a shorthanded insurance tally at 12:03 of the final frame to make winners of Kolzig and the Capitals. The Caps outshot the Rangers 21-9 in the third and 43-41 on the night.

With a pair of goals - including the game-winner - Juneau skated off with first star honors. Steve Konowalchuk - who assisted on both of Juneau's goals and paced the Caps with seven shots on goals - was the number two star. New York's Nemchinov was named the third star on the strength of his two-goal game.

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